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The Military Forces of Colombia (Spanish: Fuerzas Militares de Colombia ) are the armed forces of the Republic of Colombia.

Services[edit | edit source]

The Military of Colombia consists of:

The Specific Command of San Andres y Providencia was created on March 5, 1983 by the Ministry of Defense of Colombia. The Command is stationed in the islands of San Andres y Providencia which are located in the Caribbean sea northeast of Colombia between 10°49'00N y 16°10'10N and 76°15'00W y 82°00'00W.[5]

Dependencies[edit | edit source]

  • Military Medical Corps (Sanidad Militar) - Medical and Nurse Corps
  • Indumil (Industrias Militares INDUMIL) - Military Industry Depot
  • Military Sports Federation (Federación Deportiva Militar FEDECODEMIL)
  • Military Printing (Imprenta Militar)
  • Military Museum (Museo Militar) - History of the Armed Forces of Colombia
  • War Superior College (Escuela Superior de Guerra (Colombia) ESDEGUE)

Funding[edit | edit source]

In 1999, Colombia assigned 3.6% of its GDP to defense, according to the National Planning Department. By 2007 this figure had risen to 6.1% of GDP, one of the highest rates in the world. The armed forces number about 250,000 uniformed personnel: 145,000 military and 105,000 police. These figures do not include assistance personnel such as cooks, medics, mechanics, and so on. This makes the Colombian military one of the largest and most well-equipped in Latin America. Many Colombian military personnel have received military training assistance directly in Colombia and also in the United States. The United States has provided equipment and financing to the Colombian military and police through the military assistance program, foreign military sales, and the international narcotics control program, all currently united under the auspices of Plan Colombia.

World factbook statistics[edit | edit source]

Colombian Special Forces soldiers
A vessel of the Colombian Navy
  • Military manpower - military service age and obligation: 18 years of age for compulsory and voluntary military service; conscript service obligation - 24 months (2004)
  • Military manpower - availability:
    • males age 18-49: 10,212,456
    • females age 18-49: 10,561,562 (2005 estimate)
  • Military manpower - fit for military service:
    • males age 18-49: 6,986,228
    • females age 18-49: 8,794,465 (2005 estimate)
  • Military manpower - reaching military age annually:
    • males age 18-49: 389,735
    • females age 18-49: 383,146 (2005 estimate)

Expenditures[edit | edit source]

  • Military expenditures - dollar figure: $11.0229 billion (FY09)[3]
  • Military expenditures - percent of GDP:6.5% (FY08)[4]

Rank Insignia[edit | edit source]

Colombian Navy Frigate ARC Caldas.
Colombia currently is developing its own Drone Program[6]

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